• Text Kinza Shenn
  • 21st June 2019

Song and dance

The boys walked down a line at Homme Plissé Issey Miyake’s show in Place des Vosges – at first. They shortly after started to meander through the park, some dancing, smiling, kicking around footballs, and it turned into a party after a band of Zalindê percussionists joined in. Last season was the brand’s first showcase: an acrobatics spectacular in the Centre Pompidou-turned-gymnasium. Long-time collaborator Daniel Ezralow choreographed both performances, and SS20 was equally energetic and spirited.

Miyake wants to demonstrate the functionality of the line’s signature fabric, after all. The engineered jersey is lightweight, crease-proof and ventilating by virtue of the pleats creating tiny air pockets between fabric and skin. It was cut into loose, comfortable garments informed by the wide-sleeved, wide-legged silhouettes of Japan’s Edo period, and dyed some bright, happy colours. Miyake has said before that his designs are guided by joy, and Homme Plissé is about the particular joy of movement.